The Empress Theophano: Byzantium and the West at the Turn of the First Millennium / Edition 1

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The Byzantine princess Theophano, who came to the West in 972 to marry the Ottonian emperor Otto II, died as empress of the Ottonian empire in Nijmegen in 991. This commemorative volume of essays, linked to a conference marking the 1000 year anniversary of her death, helps place Theophano in a broad cultural and historical context. The historical, intellectual and artistic background of her age are described by a group of leading early medievalists, with essays on her education, her surroundings, and on the image of noble women in the Middle Ages.

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"This book provides diverse and valuable insights into the interaction between Byzantium and the West. Historians and art historians are the primary audience, but the discussions usually are general enough that any inquisitive reader with at least a rudimentary knowledge of Greek terms would benefit." Mark Graham, Medieval Prosopography

"...this book presents the evidence failry and sheds some welcome and unaccustomed light on the tenth century in both East and WEst." Warren Treadgold, Speculum

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521524674
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2002
  • Edition description: First Paperback Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Contributors; Preface; Abbreviations; 1. Theophano divina gratia imperatrix augusta: western and eastern emperorship in the later tenth century Karl Leyser; 2. Theophano, the western empress from the east Odilo Engels; 3. Theophano: an empress reconsidered K. Ciggaar; 4. Theophano: considerations on the education of a Byzantine princess Judith Herrin; 5. The education of the daughters of the nobility in the Ottonian empire Johanna Maria Van Winter; 6. Marriage negotiations between Byzantium and the west and the name of Theophano in Byzantium (eighth to tenth centuries) Adelbert Davids; 7. A marriage too far? Maria Lekapena and Peter of Bulgaria Jonathan Shepard; 8. The image of women of the nobility in the German chronicles of the tenth to the eleventh centuries P. Bange; 9. Ottonian intellectual culture in the tenth century and the role of Theophano Rosamond McKitterick; 10. Froumund's Greek: an analysis of fo. 12v of the Codex Vindoboniensis Graecus 114, followed by a comparison with a Latin-Greek wordlist in MS 179 Auxerre fo. 137v ff W. J. Aerts; 11. The art of Byzantium and its relation to Germany in the time of the empress Theophano Jacqueline Lafontaine-Dosigne; 12. Imperial art in Byzantium from Basil I to Basil II (867–1025) E. Voordeckers; 13. Did Theophano leave her mark on the Ottonian sumptuary arts? H. Westermann-Angerhausen; 14. The palace of Nijmegen in the tenth and early eleventh centuries Bert Thissen; 15. The so-called 'women's gallery' in the medieval church: an import from Byzantium Hiltije F. H. Zomer; 16. The human and economic context L. F. Genicot; 17. The palace and the monastery in Byzantine spiritual life, c. 1000, A. J. Van Der Aalst.

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